Exams and Assignments: Hints and Tips

Many Masters students have exams or assignments.This can be a stressful time but there are many things that you can do to help with exam study and assignments.students studying

For further information and resources http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught


Useful study tips – preparing for the next semester


Before the start of a new semester, it is always useful to reflect on your experiences and develop how you learn and study. The Institute for Academic Development provides a variety of resources which can support Masters students.

  • Developing your English
  • Effective studying
  • Time management
  • Literature searching
  • Writing at postgrad level
  • Assignments: planning and drafting
  • Meeting academic standards
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentations and posters
  • Dissertations

You can access all the above resources through: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources

Exams and Assignments: Hints & Tips

It’s the end of semester 2 and many Masters students have exams or assignments.This can be a stressful time but there are many things that you can do to help with exam study and assignments.students studying

For further information and resources http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught

Events/Workshops for PGT students in October

calendarThe following events and workshops are open to all Taught Masters students at the University of Edinburgh. To find out more and to book a place, visit http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Please note that some of the workshops will not be open for booking until 1-2 weeks before the event, as demand is high.

On-campus Workshops in October
1 Oct (13.30-16.30)  Time Management & Goal Setting
8 Oct (13.00-16.00)  Effective Writing: Grammar
10 Oct (09.30-12.30) Study Skills
31 Oct (13.00-16.00) Effective Writing: Grammar
5 Nov (13.30-16.30) Study Skills

Online Workshops in October
15 Oct (18:00-19:00) PGT Info Session: Supporting you with your studies
Cancellation policy:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (e.g. photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: you can cancel your booking via the MyEd Event Booking Channel. Go to the “My Stuff” tab within MyEd and then Event Booking. Click on “My Bookings” – here you will have the option to cancel your place.

Other information

Study Development Quick Consultations

IAD logoThe Institute for Academic Development is providing Study Development Quick Consultations which are available 3 & 4 July 2013, for Taught Postgraduate students at the University of Edinburgh.

Get quick advice about your approach to your studies by booking an individual 30-minute consultation with a Study Development Advisor. Consultations are available to all taught postgraduates. We can help you reflect on your current study methods, as well as discuss new and different approaches you could use to deal more effectively with your learning.

Study Development Advisors don’t offer advice on subject content or subject-specific students studyingaspects of your academic work. What we can do is discuss the approaches and strategies you use in your work and talk through any concerns or questions you have. If you’re interested, please email us at iad.study [at] ed.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Quick Consultation’. There are limited slots available which will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

If you have any questions, please email: f.parry [at] ed.ac.uk

Resources and further advice about study can be found www.ed.ac.uk/iad/postgraduates

Top tips – Exam Preparation

Some programmes of study may have exams while others may not.  examtips

Exams at taught postgraduate level are an opportunity to demonstrate your insight, knowledge and mastery of your subject. While exams can be daunting, with proper preparation many students come to view exams as enjoyable: exams become an opportunity to consolidate their learning experience.

What do you need to know about exam preparation in relation to:

  • Planning and revision
  • Revision techniques
  • Strategies for sitting your exams

The Institute for Academic Development has recently launched a web page which focuses on exam preparation. The page includes useful resources, planners, top tips for revision and exam preparation. To find out more, visit the Effective Exams page

5 Tips to Survive a Masters

student1.       Organise Your Life

The very first thing I did when I got into the MSc program was get a diary, which I put all of my course and assignment deadlines in.  This way I was never caught off-guard when things were due and I always knew I was on track. The second was to make a table of contents for my dissertation and a list of goals. The table of contents made me have a bit of structure to follow and the goals ensured that I was progressing all the way along and not procrastinating.

2.       Read, Read, Read

The more that you read earlier on the easier it will be for you to organise your ideas and to get them down on paper for the dissertation or class work.  It also means you will have a better grasp on your subject area in general.  This goes hand-in-hand with:

3.       Write, Write, Write

The more that you practice writing the easier it becomes and the better that you get at it. This means that even if you aren’t required to write something, try to: write coherent summaries of articles, lectures, course reading, etc. or write up work you have done, work that you would like to do, things you are interested in. In the end some of the stuff that you have done may help you in course work, studying or your dissertation and I guarantee that your writing skills will improve.

4.       Discover Your Own Working  Style

Find out how you work best, are you a morning person who needs to have everything finished by 2.  Do you work well in the afternoon and night?  Are you more productive when it is quiet or loud? Is working in the library better or at home?  Do you need things to be neat or messy, bright or dark, etc.,  etc., etc.  These are all things that you need to find out in order for you to be the most productive you can be. Remember that everyone is different, so there is no right way to be productive.

 5.       FINALLY: Don’t Forget to Have a Life

While the degree is the most important thing, you need to keep yourself sane by also having a life. Try to work on the masters during the week for regular hours, for example, 9-5 Monday – Friday.  You will always guarantee that you have a weekend for yourself and you will likely not have to be rushing at the end as you have given yourself a schedule to follow.

By an MSc Survivor (2011)

12 links to learning resources

The Institute for Academic Development provides links to a number of resources which can support Masters students, including:

  1. Developing your English
  2. Literature searching
  3. Managing reading workloads
  4. Writing at postgrad level
  5. Assignments: planning and drafting
  6. Meeting academic standards
  7. Critical thinking
  8. Presentations and posters
  9. Using digital media
  10. Books
  11. Study tips videos
  12. Guides and codes

You can access the above links from http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources